For trans woman AJ Clementine, surgeon Andrew Ives is literally a life saver.
The 22-year-old underwent gender reassignment surgery just four months ago after spending 18 months on a wait list.
She insists she wouldn’t have seen her next birthday without it.
Mr Ives is one of only a few reconstructive doctors in Australia who can perform male to female gender reassignment surgery.
“Surgery has saved my life. If I didn’t have this option, I don’t think I would want to continue,” Ms Clementine told 9news.com.au.
Ms Clementine was 18 when she began taking hormone blockers to stop the testosterone from making changes to her body.
“As soon as my GP said I had gender dysphoria when I was 18, it made so much more sense," she said. “I wanted to live like everyone else. I didn’t want to be trans and live like this. I still have stereotypical male features and I’m fine with that.
“Sometimes I forget that I’m trans. I hate the way it sets me back but it only does because of how the world has not completely accepted it yet. I hate that I’m linked to bad stigmas.
Now I feel complete and I'm so lucky to be surrounded by love and acceptance. AJ Clementine